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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 4: a 17—year—old girl has been stabbed to death in a park near romford, east london — the 18th person to be killed in the capital this year. i've a daughter aged 17 and many londers i've a daughter aged 17 and many lenders will have children and one londers will have children and one of our children lost their lives last night. america's ambassador to the uk urges britain to embrace us farming methods to help secure a post—brexit trade deal — dismissing fears over chlorine—washed chicken and hormone—fed beef. labour's internal row over anti—semitism has deepened — with two of the party's most senior figures clashing over how to handle complaints. 3,2,1,0 ignition, lift off... spacex's falcon rocket
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blasts off into orbit from florida's kennedy space centre — it's on a mission to show nasa it can carry astronauts into space. and coming up in half—an—hour disclosure reveals stories from one rural community where lives have been devastated by the growing abuse of prescription pills bought illicitly online. good afternoon. a 17—year—old girl has been stabbed to death in a park in east london. the victim was found in harold hill in romford last night. police have launched a murder investigation — no arrests have been made so far and the victim has not yet been formally identified. katy austin has this report
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that's right there has been a profound sense of shock in this community at the fact that a 17—year—old girl died in the park behind me last night. she is the 18th person to be killed in london this year. no arrests have been made over the death as yet. but police say they're continuing to investigate how someone so young came to lose their life here. flowers have been laid by the park where a 17—year—old died last night, the first teenage girl to be fatally stabbed in london this year. the first teenage girl to be fatally stabbed in london this yeahm the first teenage girl to be fatally stabbed in london this year. it is sad to see this happen. it shows kind of the support that is needed in the community and how the community needs to continue reporting, because that is one of theissues reporting, because that is one of the issues that we have, the community are not reporting what they're seeing. it has been a shock
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for residents of this quiet residential area. i'm quite shocked to be honest, that someone died here, because i come with my baby quite often to this park and i thought it is safe. i don't i will come ever i'iow. thought it is safe. i don't i will come ever now. police have been examining the area around the children's play park where emergency services were called about 9.30 last night. a woman whose house overlooks the park said they heard a commotion and there was a small group of young people and she was told one had been stabbed. she tried to help the girl. an ambulance arrived but the teenager could not be saved. the london mayor said he was devastated by the stabbing. i have a daughter aged 17, many londoners will have children and know people who are young and it could have been one of oui’ young and it could have been one of our children who lost their lives la st our children who lost their lives last night. there are people who
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know who is responsible and my message to them is to contact the police. it is important thatjustice is done. the teenager has not been formally identified and no one has been arrested. but detectives are investigating the death of the first teenage girl to be fatally stabbed in the capital this year. well, what's happened is still sinking in with residents here, the person i spoke to who tried to help teenager said she will never forget that sight and her heart goes out to her family, who must be going through so much. some flowers and cards with m essa 9 es much. some flowers and cards with messages on in tribute to the girl who died have been left next to a tree which is not far from where who died have been left next to a tree which is not farfrom where i'm standing and the message on one reads, we love you, forever in your hearts. the american ambassador
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in london has urged britain to embrace us farming methods to help secure a post—brexit trade deal — saying fears over chlorine—washed chicken and hormone—fed beef were "myths". in a newspaper article woody johnson, compared food production in the eu to a museum of agriculture. our business correspondent, rob young has been explaining the reaction to the ambassador's comments. us chicken washed in chlorine and beef produced with growth hormone have proven to be controversial in europe, but the us has been clear that bigger agricultural access in the uk is one of its main aims when it enters into trade talks. so, the us ambassador has written that he thinks there has been a smear campaign against us food, saying that production techniques in europe are like a museum of agriculture. now, the uk government has said that high standards will not be compromised in the pursuit of trade deals, but the national farmers union has said that it says consumers wants to maintain the current standards of food production here, but they say there is a huge risk that farming
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standards could be sacrificed as trade talks begins, because the us has insisted in various trade negotiations that it wants to sell more food around the world. let's get more on this now with amy mount from greener uk — environmental organisations. thank you for coming in. so what's wrong with us farming methods? what i think this controversy points to is the unanswered question at the heart of brexit, which is what kind of country do we want to be and what the story shows is if the uk chooses a hard brexit away from the eu standards and towards those of us in trying to agree a trade deal we would come under pressure to weaken environmental protection and agriculture in the us is not the
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same as here. what we don't want is british farmers being undercut by imports from the us that undermine the high standards that we have and that actually need to be strengthened to deal with the scary sort of environmental declines in the news. so let's start with the first point, the idea of chlorine—washed chicken. a lot of organisations have come to an agreement that it actually doesn't pose a threat to human life. the eu will wash fruit and veg in chlorine water. what you're saying is it is the welfare and environmental protections. so, when it comes to undercutting uk farmers, i know the us produced chicken, the equivalent toa uk us produced chicken, the equivalent to a uk chicken is 79% cheaper or produced at 79% of the price. what
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do you make of michael gove's suggestion that we have the idea of labelling to give the british consumers, who we hear will suffer post brexit the choice, you label it as lower quality or higher quality 01’ as lower quality or higher quality or british or foreign and you give the british consumer that choice? so there is a lot of issues in there. with chlorine, the us allows this because the process before that is dirtier than you have here. the eu, there is some chlorine here, but we have higher standards. the us has intensive agriculture that is not good for where it is, it is not good for the welfare of the animals or for the welfare of the animals or for things like antibiotic use, which is a real public health problem. so that is one thing. what
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michael gove said is that the uk will not weaken any environmental protections after brexit. and so it's hard to marry that with the idea that we would be allowing food m, idea that we would be allowing food in, that is produced to a lower standard. and it goes against what the government is trying to do here. we are on the cusp of some important reforms to agricultural policy, that would far from leaving the us as i think a museum of agriculture is what the ambassador said is about making agriculture fit for the future. to be sustainable and have food production into the twenty first century we need to do that in a way that is consistent with healthily, environmental processes. they can't be sprapted. -- separated. what do your members and environmental organisations and farmers think, do they think that there is a likelihood that the uk is going to cave in? on this point in
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order to secure that brexit deal? what is the feel something there is a huge amount of uncertainty. it depends on the power dynamics and what sort of relationship the uk agrees with the eu. if we stay in close co—operation with the eu, which we believe is a good idea and we need to commit to both sides committing to high standards, that would avoid the damaging effects of a pivot to the us. it is all to play for, but we are so close to exit day and we don't know whether it will be and we don't know whether it will be a close relationship with the eu or a close relationship with the eu or a weakening of stand ards. we could carry on talking about this. there is so much involved. thank you so much. two senior labour figures have clashed over how the party
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handles anti—semitism. clashed over how the party the general secretary, jennie formby accused the deputy leader, tom watson of using a "vague parallel process" by asking labour mps to forward complaints to him. mr watson said, people had lost trust in labour's ability to investigate allegations. 0ur political correspondent, nick eardley reports. chanting: enough is enough. allegations of anti—semitism have not been easy for the labour party — protests byjewish groups outside parliament, mps quitting the party accusing the leadership of failing to act, rows over whether it is even a problem. chris williamson, an ally ofjeremy corbyn, was suspended this week for claiming the party had been too apologetic. but now, a public row has broken out right at the top. this week, i've had 50 complaints... this man, deputy leader tom watson, wants labour to do more to address the issue. he wrote to mps urging them to contact him with complaints. last night, the party's general secretary issued a scathing reply.
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in a letter to mr watson, sent to every labour mp and peer, jennie formby said... she suggested mr watson could undermine the work labour's staff are doing to deal with complaints. for labour, agreeing on how to tackle anti—semitism is proving farfrom simple. the us space agency nasa and the private company, spacex, have successfully launched an astronaut capsule from american soil for the first time in eight years. the spacex falcon blasted off from the kennedy space centre on an uncrewed test—flight to the international space station. spacex founder elon musk says it could be the first step towards opening space travel to commercial customers. pallab ghosh reports. three, two, one, zero...
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ignition, lift—off. up and away, the spacex mighty falcon rocket and on top the dragon space capsule. designed to take four astronauts into space, but not just yet. instead just a solitary crash test dummy, wired with sensors is in one of the seats. this uncrewed test is part of an ambitious nasa project to send astronauts into space from us soil once more. what today really represents is a new era in space flight and an era where we are looking forward to being one customer, as an agency and as a country. it has been eight long years since the country that won the space race has been grounded. the shuttle was withdrawn from service, because it was unsafe. and nasa had to pay
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the russian space agency to send its astronauts to the space station on its soyuz rockets. but in 2014, nasa awarded space x and boeing a combined £5 billion contract so that each could build their own space craft. we believe in the future of space and i think it is important that we become a space exploring nation and be out there among the stars. we want the things that are in science fiction novels and movies not to be science fiction forever. we want them to be real one day. nasa hopes to use the vehicles to send astronauts into space by the end of the year. earlier i spoke to dr david whitehouse — space expert and the author of "apollo 11: the inside story". he told me that the space x rocket launch this morning was a milestone in space exploration. since the shuttle was retired,
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because of its safety record and the fact it cost too much. the united states has only had one way to put astronauts into space and that's via a soyuz russian rocket and having one avenue into space is obviously not very good and there have been recent worries about the quality control and the stability of russian production lines. so having another way to get into space is important and this space x launch of the dragon crew vehicle is the first of two different crew vehicles that are going to be launched this year, the other one is by boeing, called the star light. so hopefully by the end of the the year and subsequent to this flight and the first unmanned flight of the star light, there will be crewed missions and crewed tests. so hopefully by the end of year nasa will have two ways to send astronauts to and from their international space station. and that is important for autonomy, but it is also important that this
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crewed vehicle has other uses and could go further into space than just to the space station. so nasa gets what it wants and from the space x side of it, we heard elon musk saying it is a huge step for commercial space. he is not talking here about tourists, is he? what are the commercial opportunities in space? well in a way he is talking a little bit about tourists, because space x and the star liner could seat up to seven people and the star line is going to have one extra seat available for a fa re—paying customer. that could be the case for space x. you could, as opposed to richard's branson‘s flight which just goes into space and comes straight back, you could have people paying to go into orbit or to go to the space station with these two weeks. but you're right, this is in a sense it is not new when nasa when it wanted a space vehicle always went to a company and said, build it
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for us we will give you a lot of money. there has been over $8 billion give on the space x and boeing to build these two space craft. so in a sense nasa's done what it's always done and reached out to companies to build their rockets. but space x and boeing are new space companies. they're faster, leaner and quicker and use modern technology and not rely on tweaking rockets that have been around for decades. so this is an upping of the pace i think of getting people back into space and nasa has said it wants to go back to the moon. it's got the bit between its teeth. but it is saying it is not going to do it like it did in the past, i wants to do it much, much quicker. the headlines on bbc news: a 17—year—old girl has been stabbed to death in a park near romford, east london — the 18th person killed in the capital this year. america's ambassador to the uk
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urges britain to embrace us farming methods to help secure a post—brexit trade deal — dismissing fears over chlorine—washed chicken and hormone—fed beef. labour's internal row over anti—semitism has deepened, with two of the party's most senior figures clashing over how to handle complaints. and in sport, arsenal miss a late penalty against spurs as the north london derby ends 1—1. all the other latest scores on the web—site. england are 63—11, with the top order failing to impress. asha philip is through to the semi—finals of 60 metres at the european indoor championships in glasgow. more on those stories in the next hour.
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there's been a fresh violation of the ceasefire along the line of control between india and pakistan, in the disputed region of kashmir. 0vernight, fighting appeared to have eased, following pakistan's release of the pilot of a downed indian fighter jet. wing commander abhinandan varthaman was handed over to indian officials on friday and is being hailed as a national hero. 0ur correspondent yogita limaye is injammu in indian—administered kashmir. she said the shelling is still going on. we do know that there was a ceasefire violation in the area about 100 kilometres from where i am. iwas about 100 kilometres from where i am. i was there two days ago and even then there was intense shelling going on. for 12 to 1a hours we had relative calm to the line of control dividing india and pakistan. the
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indian side say pakistan fired unprovoked and india responded. but these kind of claims are what we have been seeing, there have been multiple ceasefire violations. yesterday we had here on the indian side one woman and her two children who died in shelling, because the sheu who died in shelling, because the shell landed on their home. of course, there are expected wakeses ation that after the return of pilot tensions might ease. but this is a very sort of long running issue. we have had the dispute of kashmir going on since 1947, 48, this particular dispute is about india saying that there are terrorist groups operating from pakistan, with the help of pakistani authorities who are attacking india and their air strikes were a response to that. pakistan of course denying that they're helping my militant groups
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on the ground there. it ended with no deal, no agreement, no warm words. the summit between donald trump and kimjong un in vietnam collapsed abruptly on thursday — when talks between the two leaders broke down. president trump flew out immediately, but kim jong un stayed on for a whistle—stop tour of engagements before leaving vietnam on saturday. the bbc‘sjonathan head was in hanoi as events drew to a close. the trump caravan has gone. but the motorcade carrying his north korean counter part could still be seen today gliding through the emptied streets of hanoi. relations between these two communist—run countries have not always been good. but this was a chance to put their past differences behind them and put on a show of socialist solidarity. both
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countries once fought the united states and kim jong—un laid wreaths ata states and kim jong—un laid wreaths at a heroes' memorial and at the grave of ho chi min. vietnam is run bya grave of ho chi min. vietnam is run by a collective leadership. he said he wanted to learn from vietnam's development. but how far down this path is he willing to go? after the set back of his meeting with president trump, it is hard to guess. it has been a proud moment for vietnam, a country which rarely stands tall in international affairs. for some it may have failed, but it has show cased
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vietnam's willingness to be friendses with everyone. so they gave kim jong—un a grandiose send off as he boarded his train at the chinese border. no one quite sure where this once reclusive leader will next take his country. the abrupt conclusion to the summit will have come as much of a blow to kim jong—un as to president trump. but kim jong—un controls his jong—un as to president trump. but kimjong—un controls his media and the visit has been depicted as nothing short of a triumph and he gets a rare opportunity to be seen asa gets a rare opportunity to be seen as a statesman on the world stage. the family of an american student who died after being jailed in north korea have rebuked president trump for his praise of kimjong—un. 0tto warmbier‘s parents said no excuses could change the fact that mr kim and his evil regime
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killed their son. mr trump said after their summit, mr kim had assured him that he knew nothing about mr warmbier‘s poor treatment. 0ur washington correspondent, chris buckler, reports. 0tto warmbier has become a symbol of the brutality of the north korean regime. he was sentenced to 15 years's hard labour for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster, and the student's distress was obvious to see as he was led away. 0tto was eventually released and returned to america, but he had suffered brain damage and other unexplained injuries and died just days later. his parents believe he had been intentionally beaten. in his summit with kimjong—un, donald trump insists he did raise 0tto warmbier‘s death, and in a news conference afterwards, he appeared to defend the north korean leader rather than condemn him.
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he tells me that he did not know about it and i will take him at his word. yes, please... fred and cindy warmbier have at times thanked president trump for his support. 0tto's wonderful parents... they were his guests at last year's state of the union address, but after his latest comments, they released this statement. even some of donald trump's own republican party have been critical following a summit in which the us president called kim jong—un a "real leader" and asked, "why shouldn't i like him?" on twitter, mr trump said he did not like being misinterpreted, especially when it came
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to 0tto warmbier and his great family, and he insisted, of course i hold north korea responsible, but he never mentioned kim jong—un and did not say whether he believed the north korean leader should be held to account for 0tto warmbier‘s death. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. in the aftermath of the second world war, many british families were sent to germany to help it rebuild. it was a difficult time, and there was still much anger and resentment between the two sides. now the memories of one young boy who moved from wales to berlin, have been turned into a film. tomos morgan reports. rachael. hello, lewis. i remember it very surprisingly vividly. kim brook was only eight years old when his family moved to germany in 1947. his father, captain walter brook, was charged with rebuilding the shattered city after the second world war. starring jason clarke and keira knightley, the aftermath is a film loosely
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based on kim's memories. my dad used to talk about it a bit. he used to say, a number of times, you know, it's not about revenge, or anything like that, or retribution, myjob is to rebuild. this house is requisitioned for british use by order of the control commission. and despite advice to the contrary, kim struck a close friendship with his seven—year—old german housemate, heike. earning himself the nickname ‘der eisbrecher‘ — the icebreaker. and it was the children that broke down the barriers between the two families. there was a very, very important turning point which happened the following christmas. we decided that all the children, all six of us, would get together and pretend we were a choir. and we saying silent night, and we all did it in german
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so it was ‘stille nacht‘. and it was a very moving moment for my parents and for them. tears were rolling down their face by the time we'd done it. the love affair between kim's mother and the german father is fictional, but it's a key element in both the film and the novel that inspired the screenplay which was written by kim's son. it is a strange feeling, but it's exciting too, you know it's nice that this story, the essence of the story, which is really about forgiveness and reconciliation, is there, you know all the way through in the dna of the film. the production team have stayed in close contact with the brooks throughout before making process. and meeting the stars has been one of the highlights of this artistic journey. what was it like to see keira knightley portraying your mother? it was great.
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i gave her a peck on the cheek and said, "hello, mum." the largest cruise ship to be christened in the uk has sailed into southampton ahead of its naming ceremony tomorrow. the msc bellissima was built in france at a cost of £752 million. the huge vessel is 315 metres long and 65 metres high. the surface of the deck is equivalent to size of 63 football pitches. now it's time for a look at the weather with susan powell. hello, a spell of stormy weather on the way. thanks to storm freya. that is this area of cloud, the low is deepening. this low to the north west will close in on scotland
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tonight with frequent, heavy showers and widespread gales, gusting up to 70mph across the western isles. in the south more rain in the south of england. scotland starts windy on sunday. but the low here pulls away and more sunshine and the showers will thin out. further south the cloud spreads north into northern ireland along the rain and in the afternoon the winds will strengthen. initially across the south—west of england and wales and then across the midlands, northern england and northern ireland, potentially gusting up to 70mph. the risk of some damage.

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